We Behave Badly, Very Badly, & We Can Behave Worse! Voices of Revolt & Insurrection From Latin America

In an effort to amplify the voices of rebels fighting for their lives across the world, I am posting a series of links to first-hand information and analysis from insurrectionary moments in Mexico and Chile in the past two months.

A big shout out to Ediciones Inéditas for their crucial role in translating and distributing information about the uprising in Chile, which has been met with fierce state repression reminiscent of the fascist Pinochet dictatorship. Per usual, their site is loaded with insightful translations that help situate the English-speaking world in the momentous struggles playing out across the globe. The first two communiques take their source from Ediciones, while the third is from Anarchists Worldwide.

Without further ado….

THE EXPERTS WILL COME TO US TO EXPLAIN HOW LIFE FUNCTIONS:

4th Communique from Chile, November 1st 2019

The human is the only animal capable of realizing its dreams by changing the world and up until now it has only realized the exchange of its vital power for production and an accumulation of commodities…. We deplore their offers and demands for education, health services, public transportation, pensions, etc. Why must we accept to be part of the camps where the market selects its servants? Why would we want to be their “healthy functionaries” in a world which sickens us? And why would we desire to arrive more quickly to centers of exploitation which devour our vital energy?

… We will destroy what dehumanizes us without offering anything in return!”

WE WANT EVERYTHING:

7th Communique from Chile, November 6th, 2019

“Our struggle is not based on particular demands: we know the ecological crisis is the other side of the social crisis; that pollution is linked to industrial production; that industry seeks profits at all costs; that profit comes from our servile labor and that labor produces an abstract wealth that renders us poor. ‪We seek to liberate ourselves from money, the commodity, wage-labor, Capital & the State by organizing the production in common of our very lives!”‬

WE BEHAVE BADLY, VERY BADLY, AND WE CAN BE WORSE!

México: Anarchic Call to Action from Some Informal Anarchists in Permanent Conflict (October 2019)

“For AMLO, as with all previous presidents (and for all heads of state throughout history), the best anarchist is the one who is dead or the opportunist who renounces their ideas and licks his boots….

….And yes, we could be called “provocateurs” because we seek to provoke chaos and anarchy, because we provoke spaces of total liberation, because we provoke the destruction of everything that oppresses us.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authoritarian Now: Long-read Link to Article on Revolt in Hong Kong “and its relevance to the rest of us”.

One of my favorite sites for keeping up on current events is Dialectical Delinquents, which— among other rebellious resources—has a long-running feature called News of Opposition tracking social unrest, wildcat strikes, and individual acts of revolt across the world since 2013. If you’re looking for timestamps on the miner’s strikes in South Africa, riots in France, or Mayday melees in Indonesia, News of Opposition has you covered.

For the project’s longevity and consistency— not to mention a healthy dose of skepticism and dry humor—it stands out as a truly unique and valuable source of counterinformation. Even after the admin announced they would be ramping down activity on the page earlier this year, they’ve continued to weigh in on global events.

The site’s incorrigible admin hasn’t shirked away from keeping tabs on the developing social explosion in Hong Kong, that’s for sure. Link below.

Hong Kong—Its relevance to the rest of us.

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This essay is a great starting point for anyone who wants to deep dive on the situation in Hong Kong. As a very welcome addition, the comment section of the DD essay is being used to provided updated information, not only on HK’s situation, but updates on repression, surveillance, and ethnic cleansing within Mainland China.

 

 

 

First Friday Art Opening & Poetry: “I Tried to Help You But Then Literally Fascism”

I’m excited to announce that I will be the featured visual artist at Oakland’s Octopus Literary Salon for First Friday, April 5th 2019.  Please join me in celebrating my art opening for the month.

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ABOUT THE TITLE POEM & OPENING: “i tried to help you but then literally fascism” is a visual poem combining original photography and verse.  It shares its title with a series of collages and paintings going back over five years, all of which are being debuted at Octopus for the first time. In addition, Paul will also premiere unpublished poems from a new series, Black Signal (2018-2019).

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ABOUT THE ART : My modus operandi as a collage artist has been fairly simple: use what isn’t mine and mine what isn’t used. Discarded love letters, corporate paraphernalia, overwrought Supersymbols, textbook science & art lessons, dumpster-dived miscellany, neglected reference works– I love finding a way to make them fit all together, with brushstrokes and scribbling, gluing and scissoring. Technical mastery over the collage form has never interested me as much as pulling things so far out of context they invert and become the backbone for new ideas. In collage & in several literary quotes on canvas, I’ve deliberately left much to the realm of inference. My hope is that a highly-textured material will speak for itself.

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Event info:

Octopus Literary Salon 2101 Webster Street

Friday, April 5th 2019 6:00-8:00pm, followed by live music.

Facebook Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

De Blasio Trashes Amazon Withdrawal: “You Have To Be Tough to Make it in New York City”

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Amazon has pulled out of its HQ2 plans for Long Island City in Queens, New York. In recent days, the retail and cloud computing giant seems to have been caught off-guard by the level of resistance to their plans in the city, given their years-long deliberation over the site of their new headquarters.

After Amazon’s own announcement, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio trashed their withdrawal in a statement of his own: “You have to be tough to make it in New York City. We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbor…Amazon threw away that opportunity.”

Amazon’s decision to pull out of Queens may relate to its distaste for unions, known for their strength in multiple sectors of New York’s economy. Amazon’s lowest paid workers have historically endured brutal conditions in their massive distribution warehouses. Its unclear which specific factors contributed to Amazon’s ultimate decision to back out of the project.

Meanwhile, Virginia and Tennessee are both slated to significantly expand Amazon’s infrastructure in the Southeastern United States.

As CNBC reports, Amazon became the world’s largest company earlier this year, edging an $800 billion valuation in January. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the world’s wealthiest human.

 

SHOCK VIDEO: FRENCH POLICE KNOCK PROTESTER UNCONSCIOUS WITH WATER CANNON

PARIS, FRANCE: “Yellow Vest” protests entered their 9th week on Saturday, as police were seen knocking multiple protesters unconscious with anti-riot equipment in dramatic footage.

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Raw footage in link: A protester in Paris, France is knocked unconscious by a police water cannon, January 12th 2019.

Over 80,000 police officers were  deployed throughout the country to quell the rolling unrest. Government ministries, the Arc de Triomphe, and the presidential palace have all been the site of clashes since November. French President Emmanuel Macron has reportedly looked towards Parliament to effect a slew of new draconian protest restrictions in the coming weeks.

As recently as 2014, French police have killed a protestor with anti-riot munitions. 

2018 in Photos

I’ve decided to post some photos I took over the last six months or so.

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14TH AVE & FOOTHILL

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OLD CROW // RESTA // OFF TRAIL EAST OAKLAND

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NO, YOUR OTHER LEFT

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MUCS // POTRERO HILL, SAN FRANCISCO

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CATS OF LOS ANGELES

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DON’T DATE GIRLS WITH BOYFRIENDS // DOWNTOWN OAKLAND

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SHANNON’S BAR, LONG BEACH

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PEMEX // 3AYEM // XL // CENTRAL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

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JEANS / BAER // JACK LONDON SQUARE, OAKLAND

A THOUSAND PLUS ARRESTED IN FRANCE AS MACRON’S POLICE STATE BEARS DOWN ON YELLOW VESTS

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December 8th, PARIS: Over 1,400 protesters were arrested as the full weight of the French security apparatus bore down on the Yellow Vest movement. All told, over 90,000 police officers were deployed across the country. Despite the overwhelming show of force by French President Emmanuel Macron, fires raged across the streets of Paris and confrontations were significant.  Footage captured by Fox News showed defiant protesters taunting the police with chants and whistles, even amidst unprecedented quantities of tear gas deployed by the French State.

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Raw footage from Fox News showed Yellow Vests hurling rocks at police in Paris, December 8th 2018.

The unrest has spread to numerous cities across France, even sparking looting and clashes in the island territory of Reunion. In Belgium, over one hundred protesters were arrested in clashes in the capitol city of Brussels. As CBS reports: 

Belgian police fired tear gas and water cannons at yellow-vested protesters calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel… as the movement that started in France made its mark Saturday in Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Riot police watch as water cannons douse protesters in Paris, December 8th, 2018 [Fox News].

Meanwhile, Macron had remained silent in the week leading up to December 8th, opting instead to let his Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, announce concessions to the protesters. Macron is expected to address the nation in the coming days, a little more than a week after his reversal of his planned diesel tax.

For Further Reading:

Pushing the Disorder Further [Ediciones Inéditos]

Extensive Links on Unrest in France & Around the Globe [Dialectical Delinquents]

December 1st Riots Coverage [Web Address of Paul Murufas]